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Born This Way Season 3 #BTWChat, June 6

Featuring Sandra Assimotos McElwee, mom of Born This Way cast member Sean – @purpose2inspire

Hosted by Lauren Appelbaum (@laurenappelbaum) of RespectAbility (@Respect_Ability), this Twitter chat will take a look at ideas explored in #BornThisWay by the young adults with Down syndrome and their parents.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 10:00-11:00 pm ET

Don’t have cable? You can livestream the show on A&E’s app.

You can find the questions for this chat in this post.

How to Participate

Introductory Tweets for 6/6 Twitter Chat

  • #BornThisWay continues tonight on @AETV. Don’t miss these incredible stories tonight at 10/9c.
  • Welcome to our Twitter chat. Please remember to use the #BTWchat and #BornThisWay hashtags when you tweet.
  • If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #BTWchat
  • When we say PwDs or disability, we’re talking about all types of disability. Feel free to speak about specific communities #BTWchat
  • For each domain, we’ll ask for your views, stories, potential solutions, recommendations #BTWchat
  • Please share other thoughts as we also livetweet #BornThisWay during #BTWchat!

Questions for 6/06/16 #BornThisWay Chat

  1. #BTWchat Q1. What are you most looking forward to seeing in this episode of #BornThisWay?
  2. #BTWchat Q2. Steven is starting a new job as a receptionist. Share advice for transitioning to a new job with new challenges! #BornThisWay
  3. #BTWchat Q3. Sex education is important for young adults with disabilities. What advice do you have for their parents? #BornThisWay
  4. #BTWchat Q4. Megan & Steven are serious about their relationship. What challenges exist for people w intellectual disabilities? #BornThisWay
  5. #BTWchat Q5. How important is to have your parents’ support in achieving your goals – whether you have a disability or not? #BornThisWay
  6. #BTWchat Q6. Rachel dreams to be an actress, but actors with disabilities are underrepresented. Why do you think this occurs? #BornThisWay
  7. #BTWchat Q7. How do you make a great first impression at work? How can a job coach help the first few weeks? #BornThisWay
  8. #BTWchat Q8. In order to live independently, #BornThisWay cast members need jobs. Why is it harder for people with disabilities to find jobs?
  9. #BTWchat Q9. A central theme of #BornThisWay is employment for people with disabilities. What can be changed to make it easier to find jobs?
  10. #BTWchat Q10. Do you think any stigma or perceptions about disabilities have changed as a result of watching #BornThisWay?


Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the VP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so all people with disabilities can fully participate in every aspect of community. As an individual with an acquired nonvisible disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she works at the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. She regularly conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible for entertainment executives throughout the industry. Appelbaum partners with studios, production companies and writers’ rooms to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. These initiatives increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people on screen, leading to systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. She has consulted on more than 100 TV episodes and films with A&E, Bunim-Murray Productions, NBCUniversal, Netflix, ViacomCBS, and The Walt Disney Company, among others. She represents RespectAbility on the CAA Full Story Initiative Advisory Council, Disney+ Content Advisory Council, MTV Entertainment Group Culture Code and Sundance Institute’s Allied Organization Initiative. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working in development, production and post-production. She is a recipient of the 2020 Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award for this Lab. To reach her, email [email protected]

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